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Hebrews 3 Worldwide English (New Testament) (WE)

My brothers, you are holy. You are also called to go to heaven. Take time to think carefully about Jesus. God sent him. He is the high priest we believe in.

He did what God sent him to do, just as Moses did in God's house.

But Jesus is much greater than Moses - as the one who builds a house is greater than the house itself.

Every house is built by someone, but God is the one who builds all things.

Moses did what he was told to do as a servant in all of God's house. He showed things that God would say later.

But Jesus Christ was true as a Son over God's house. We are God's house if we keep on believing and telling others what we hope to have.

So as the Holy Spirit says, `Today, when you hear me speak, do not make your hearts hard.

That is what happened when the people tested me in the desert and I became angry.

There your fathers tested me and tried me. And they saw what I did for forty years.

10 So I was very angry with the people of that time. I said, "Their minds are always dark. They have not known my ways."

11 I said when I was angry, "They will never go into my resting place." '

12 My brothers, take care that not one of you has a heart that does not believe. Such a heart will take you away from the living God.

13 But talk to each other every day while `Today' lasts, so that wrong ways will not fool any one of you and your hearts become hard.

14 We have our part with Christ if we go on to the end and believe in him as we did at first.

15 God is still saying now, `Today, when you hear me speak, do not make your hearts hard. That is what happened when the people turned against me.'

16 Who were the people who heard him and yet made him very angry? It was all the people whom Moses led out of the country of Egypt.

17 With whom was God angry for forty years? He was angry with the people who had done wrong. And they died in the desert.

18 Who were the people God said would never go into his resting place? They were the people who would not listen to him.

19 So then, we see that they could not go in because they did not believe him.

Hebrews 3 New International Version (NIV)

Jesus Greater Than Moses

Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest. He was faithful to the one who appointed him, just as Moses was faithful in all God’s house. Jesus has been found worthy of greater honor than Moses, just as the builder of a house has greater honor than the house itself. For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything. “Moses was faithful as a servant in all God’s house,”[a] bearing witness to what would be spoken by God in the future. But Christ is faithful as the Son over God’s house. And we are his house, if indeed we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory.

Warning Against Unbelief

So, as the Holy Spirit says:

“Today, if you hear his voice,
    do not harden your hearts
as you did in the rebellion,
    during the time of testing in the wilderness,
where your ancestors tested and tried me,
    though for forty years they saw what I did.
10 That is why I was angry with that generation;
    I said, ‘Their hearts are always going astray,
    and they have not known my ways.’
11 So I declared on oath in my anger,
    ‘They shall never enter my rest.’ [b]

12 See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. 13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. 14 We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end. 15 As has just been said:

“Today, if you hear his voice,
    do not harden your hearts
    as you did in the rebellion.”[c]

16 Who were they who heard and rebelled? Were they not all those Moses led out of Egypt? 17 And with whom was he angry for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies perished in the wilderness? 18 And to whom did God swear that they would never enter his rest if not to those who disobeyed? 19 So we see that they were not able to enter, because of their unbelief.

Footnotes:

  1. Hebrews 3:5 Num. 12:7
  2. Hebrews 3:11 Psalm 95:7-11
  3. Hebrews 3:15 Psalm 95:7,8
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